Justin Timberlake is to put down the mic and leave the stage yet again to return to the world of films with a role in Fisher Stevens’ ‘Palmer’.

‘Before The Flood’ and ‘The Cove’ filmmaker, Steven’s will direct from a script by Cheryl Guerriero.

The film will follow a former college football phenomenon who returns from prison to his hometown to try and get his life back on track. He faces not only lingering conflicts from his past but also a more surprising challenge as he finds himself suddenly in charge of a unique young boy abandoned by his wayward mother.

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Described as “timely and ultimately a hopeful, entertaining story about the resilience and power of human kindness”, the film will be produced by Charles B. Wessler, John Penotti, Charlie Corwin, Sidney Kimmel and Daniel Nadler will produce.

Penotti and Corwin said in a statement, “Justin and Fisher bring a resonant perspective to this emotional story”.

Timberlake last appeared on the big screen in Woody Allen’s ‘Wonder Wheel’ a film that disappeared pretty quickly due to the allegations against Allen. His previous films include ‘Friends With Benefits’ and ‘Bad Teacher’ in which he co-starred with Cameron Diaz. The singer turned actor will also reprise his voice role of Branch in the upcoming sequel ‘Trolls World Tour’.

Stevens’ credits include directing the documentaries ‘Before the Flood,’ ‘Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds’ and ‘The Cove’.

Filming is due to commence in the Autumn.